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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Happy Super Presidents Bowl Sunday!

T-minus 1 hour 32 minutes until kick off.
The mood is tense. All the preparation and intricate planning is going to either boom or bust in the next 6 hours. Now just one question remains: Do I start with the Buffalo wings or the mozzarella sticks?
My fellow White Hat writer Derek Gause made a declaration two weeks ago that Super Bowl Sunday should be deemed a National Holliday. After going to Wal-Mart today to stock up on supplies, I feel there is an airtight case to be made for this.

Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday). U.S Office of Personnel Management 2008

My day started by waking up and going to church. So immediately you have a religious connection or at least a loose connection. Most good holidays’ have a religious beginning, i.e. Easter and Christmas. With the Super Bowl always being played on a Sunday, I feel this is worthy of getting an association with the Bible. It was the Bible that said on the 7th day to rest, because God knew that after 6 days, you should have time to rest. So it is pretty much God’s will for us to get together and rest, while watching football. The other biggest holiday is Thanksgiving which is based on eating, or having a big meal and then following that up with watching football. This column practically writes itself.
After Church I went to Wal-Mart for some last minute food and beverages. It was like the day before Christmas in there. Everyone wearing Patriots regalia, buying chips and corn dogs and even one guy sporting the old “Pat the Patriot” cap buying a 50 inch plasma TV. This covers two prerequisites for being a holiday: shopping and eating. If one event can cause you to spend $2000.00 on a television or cause your wife to allow you buy a $2000.00 television this must be celebrated.
So far we have, food, shopping, religion and throw in the fact that post offices, banks and most offices are closed on Sunday’s anyway I think we have a National Holiday. All that stands in the way now is getting it printed on the calendar. As of right now there are 10 Federal Holidays, Super Bowl Sunday would fall right in between Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day. I would be willing to combine Super Bowl Sunday with one of these. Come on, if you were a President wouldn’t you feel that the celebration of the Super Bowl with an association with you would be a good thing? How do people celebrate President’s Day now? They stay home from work or school and they watch movie marathons on TBS? It’s a win-win situation for both which leads me to my next and final point.
Nobody wants to go to school or work the day after the Super Bowl. I remember getting a snow day the Monday following Super Bowl XXXIV between the Rams and Titans and it was one of the great days in life. According to Federal Law(5 U.S.C 6103) Paragraph 1, lines 3, 4 and 5 “For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday”. The President’s get honored with Football and celebration and the Football fans get to take the day after off. It’s the perfect situation for all of those involved.

~Sterling Pingree

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